Capacity building in West Africa – FAO trainings on the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) sustainability indicators in Togo and Ghana

FAO’s Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) team in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (ECREEE) recently completed a four-month project to enhance the use of bioenergy in Togo and Ghana, funded by [...]

Using bioenergy to promote food and energy security for agricultural and rural development in Rwanda

14/03/2019 Rwanda
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Environment signed an agreement to implement two projects; one to identify bioenergy options suitable to the Rwandan context and the other on water governance, water accounting [...]

Jamaica’s University of Technology follows an online course on the 'BEFS Approach'

13/02/2019 Jamaica
The Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Approach was developed by FAO to support countries in developing evidence based sustainable bioenergy policies and strategies. This increases food and energy security and contributes to agricultural and rural development around the world. As part [...]

Producing energy from rice by-products in Côte d’Ivoire

Globally, Rice production accounts for 5% of GHG emissions from the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector. Integrated approaches linking climate-smart agriculture and bioenergy, supported by a strong GHG monitoring system, can reduce emissions. An FAO project to reduce emissions [...]

FAO promotes solar and fuel efficient technologies among internally displaced people in northeastern Nigeria

FAO and the Borno State Ministry of Environment are offering more sustainable cooking and lighting solutions to resource-poor households in the Ngala local government area (LGA). On 22 November 2018, FAO began the distribution of lightweight fuel-efficient stoves and solar [...]

How countries are working to make their bioeconomies sustainable

Plans to pilot components of the project ‘Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy Guidelines‘ in Namibia and Uruguay are underway following the second biannual meeting of the International Sustainable Bioeconomy Working Group at FAO Headquarters. This project aims to develop sustainable bioeconomy guidelines [...]

Solar irrigation in Senegal: costs and benefits

26/11/2018 Senegal
  We’re all aware of the environmental and long-term financial benefits of solar power – solar power is now being used to irrigate the land but what are the actual costs and benefits of solar irrigation systems? A recently published FAO study applied [...]

Zambia tackles challenges related to biomass energy

01/11/2018 Zambia
Lusaka: New TCP to support development of sustainable energy sector.  Current statistics indicate that 77 percent of Zambia’s primary energy relies on traditional biomass, with only 4.4 percent of the rural population having access to electricity. This is compounded by the fact [...]

Bioenergy and bioeconomy: working together to put planning into action

The joint International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 43 and FAO workshop on sustainable landscape management for bioenergy and the bioeconomy marked an important collaboration between FAO and IEA. It was a first step towards placing the discussion on biomass [...]

United Nations agencies launch environmental protection and resilience project for host communities and refugees in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Families living in the world's largest refugee camp this week received the first 2,500 stoves and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders that are part of a United Nations project to protect the environment and build resilience [...]
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